Gum disease is an oral condition that doesn’t receive the seriousness it deserves, and you could see why. Most people only experience gingivitis, which is characterized by fairly sufferable symptoms such as mild inflammation of the gums.
Just like most other general health issues, periodontal disease can be prevented if intercepted in its infancy, i.e. while it is still in the gingivitis stages. The two later stages, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, may really take a toll on your oral health as they affect way more than just the gum tissue. Their impact may be felt in the underlying bone and treatment may be more sophisticated and less likely to produce results.
A more straightforward answer to whether gum disease can be cured is thus, “maybe”. If you didn’t have the condition treated while it was still in its gingivitis stage, there is an actual chance you may lose your teeth or develop an abscess. Your dentist may recommend the following treatments if you are diagnosed with periodontitis or advanced periodontitis:
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planning is the removal of the layers of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and under the gum line in a bid to deprive the gum-disease-causing bacteria of a breeding ground. It is a non-surgical procedure that is performed using a special tool called a scaler.
The other treatments are surgical and are performed either to fix the bone underneath the affected gum tissue and teeth or to directly repair the gum.
Regardless of the stage or severity of your gum disease, consider consulting a qualified oral health officer. We invite you to pay us a visit to Chino for all types of oral procedures, including dental exams, cosmetic dentistry, and gum disease diagnosis and treatment.